December 2006

Asia’s Oil Riches

Oil and the Middle East have almost become synonymous. However, less well-known is how the rest of the world's oil reserves are distributed — and with the energy debate now turning to Asia's skyrocketing demand, we wonder: What share of proven global oil reserves is located in the Asia Pacific region?

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European Energy Dependence

As is the case in many other regions around the world, Europeans have become quite concerned about securing a reliable energy future — especially since most of the continent's nations are not rich in terms of their own energy resources. We wonder: Which EU country is the least dependent on imported fossil fuel energy?

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Becoming American

Immigration remains a hot topic of debate in the United States and the world beyond. And, to be sure, the country has long been a magnet drawing immigrants from all parts of the world to its shores. We wonder: Excluding births, in what year did the largest number of people become Americans?

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A Nobel Family

While receiving a Nobel Prize is widely viewed as the pinnacle of one's scientific or political career, some families have been outstanding enough to receive more than one Nobel Prize. Do you know how many different members of the most successful family in Nobel history have won the prize?

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Sizing Up Development Aid

There is always a lot of debate about development aid made available to poor countries. Some find the amounts given too small, others far too large — and still others question the effectiveness of the aid that has been given so far. We wonder: What was the total amount of aid given to developing countries by industrialized nations and multilateral institutions in 2005?

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